Preparation and surface modification of crab nanochitin for organogels based on thiol-ene click cross-linking.


School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China; Guangxi Key Laboratory of Polysaccharide Materials and Modification, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning 530008, Guangxi, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]


Incompatibility of chitin nanomaterials with organic solvents is challenging in the design of the desirable organogels. The long hydrocarbon chains were covalently grafted on the surface of nanochitins, with the attachment of reactive allyl groups and improved dispersion in organic solvents. The reactive thiol groups of poly (ethylene glycol) were introduced into the allyl-nanochitin suspensions to produce the organogels by the thiol-ene click reaction. Attributed to the UV-induced cross-linking between the soft segments of thiolated-PEG and the allyl-nanochitin, the stable organogels with the storage modulus higher than the loss modulus by one order of magnitude were obtained, exhibiting the significant phase transition and mechanical enhancement on the rheological behavior. The combination of crystalline allyl-nanochitin and polymeric chains played a crucial role in the construction of the micro-network, attributing to the stability and mechanical strength of the organogels.


Chitin nanocrystals,Chitin nanofibrils,Surface modification,

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